General aches and pains with UC? (no meds)

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   Posted 12/20/2008 11:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey all,
Since 'developing' proctitis a few months ago I have noticed that every now and then I get sore joints (wrists, knees, elbows) and sometimes very faint aches up and down my legs or arms. It`s not always there and it`s not really a hinderance but it`s obviously something if I notice it.
I feel I`m ever so slightly weaker when it comes to lifting something or moving something too.
Now I understand that some of the medication you can take for UC can cause weakness etc but I`m not taking any medication yet (haven`t been to see the GI yet), so can this disease cause such symptoms?
Maybe because the body is fighting itself (as I vaguely understand happens with UC), then maybe it`s possible to feel generally a bit crap???
Anyone else experience anything like this when in a flare but with no medication??
Thanks everyone!

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   Posted 12/20/2008 11:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Am on the meds but definately agree with the weaker part. My job as a horseshoer is very physical and I notice how much more tired I get from shoeing. Plus I try to work out a couple times a week, and that really shows the weakness. Can't lift as much or as many reps. As for the aches and pains... I really get those. the pred they hae me on takes care of it. Not lookin forward to that part of the "taper" But I'll take the aches and pains when they come just to get off the pred. To many other bad side effects with it.
diagnosed in aug 2008
30 mg predisone, 9 balsalazide, rowesa enema, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol, 2 probiotic, 2 aloe vera
gluten intolerance... attempting to live no/low gluten

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   Posted 12/20/2008 3:27 PM (GMT -6)   
     Most definitely feel more aches and pains.  Of course I am getting older but I believe RA is related to UC.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Update 11/03/08...finally in remission!!  Hope I don't jinx myself.  Off the prednisone since 11/01/ see if I can stay off for longer than two weeks.  Other meds: 6MP (75 mgm), colazal (6 per day), Benicar and Toprol (high blood pressure meds), Probiotic (2 per day), fish oil capsule and multi-vitamin and calcium with vitamin D.

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   Posted 12/20/2008 7:31 PM (GMT -6)   
UC can cause temporary arthritis. I took Voltarin and it went away. Some OTC meds might also help.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete$$ probiotic powder at first, now Forte pills. Doing much better, but still having some bad days. 

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   Posted 12/20/2008 10:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Temporary arthritis is actually a pretty acurate description Peety! Although is it something UC causes just on it`s own or is it usually in conjunction with meds? I could understand there being these symptoms if I was on the medication but it`s a bit perplexing seeing as though I`m not using anything yet.

As I said it`s not really a hinderance but I now have a heightened awareness of my body so I`m a little worried it could actually be something else! Still, it`s only been around since I`ve had the UC symptoms so I guess it`s UC related.

Thanks for the input.

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   Posted 12/21/2008 10:07 PM (GMT -6)   

I'm not so sure it is a temporary thing.  During my first flare I had elbow pain.  That has never gone away and now I have low back pain, knee pain and toe pain and sometimes hip pain.  I believe it is the UC whether in remission or not.


Current meds are:
Asacol 6 pills a day
Lexapro 20 mg once a day
Ativan .5 mg when needed
Canasa when needed

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   Posted 12/21/2008 11:34 PM (GMT -6)   
any chance this is gout related? I used to get gout alot. And that had totally to due with diet? Since diet is such a big part of this disease just wondered if this could in anyways be gout related. Am on a no lguten diet for UC and have been on pred through this first flare. Means I eat more meat. ( also more veggies which is a good thing ) But hut ahve been curious about whats going to happen when they start to taper this pred. Will my new diet bring on a back gout attack? I know I have No aches or pains due to the arthitis because of the pred. Maybe our diets are helping the UC... but raising our uric acid levels and makin us more prone to gout? AM not a a doc or dietician so..... Its just a thought.
diagnosed in aug 2008
30 mg predisone, 9 balsalazide, rowesa enema, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol, 2 probiotic, 2 aloe vera
gluten intolerance... attempting to live no/low gluten

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   Posted 12/22/2008 8:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I definitely have those pains.  I am 95% in remission, but since I first flared last May I have had joint pains, arm pains, neausea, lower stomach and back cramps, and the list goes on.  Oh the joys of UC!
Diagnosised 8/25/08 GRRR
Started flare mid-May/feeling better but still flaring
Canasa 2x a day
Multi Enzyme
Mega Probiotic
Fiber Wafer
Nictotine Patch
Fish Oil Pill
Multi Vitamin

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   Posted 12/22/2008 9:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I get joint pains alot- my knee has been bothering me the past few days actually. My last blood test showed my white blood count was elevated, and for the past two months I've felt an overall sick feeling in my whole body, like I'm always on the verge of coming down with something, and I just feel weak and tired. I think due to the constant state of inflammation, the rest of my body's resources are being depleted trying to fight off this flare, so everything else is just feeling like crap.

Female, 23, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in femur head & lumbar spine from long term prednisone use...

Current Meds:
Lexapro 10mg, Azasan 100mg


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